Jameis Winston Accuser Files Civil Lawsuit

A woman who accused a college football player of sexually assaulting her is filing a lawsuit.

The young female who accused Florida State player Jameis Winston of sexually assaulting her filed a civil lawsuit against the university yesterday morning. The accuser, who has yet to be identified, still claims that Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012.

According to ESPN, the young lady also demands a trial and to be treated from her damages from the university:

In the lawsuit, the woman’s attorneys demand a trial by jury and damages from FSU for fostering a “hostile educational environment.” Her attorneys allege that FSU’s athletic department deliberately concealed the reported rape from the rest of the university and didn’t properly investigate the allegations as required by federal Title IX laws.

The woman alleges that Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, sexually assaulted her in his apartment on Dec. 7, 2012. Winston and his attorneys contend the sexual encounter was consensual. Tallahassee police and the state attorney’s office there never charged Winston in the case.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation of FSU’s handling of the woman’s complaint last year. The DOE hasn’t yet released its findings.

Florida State University President John Thrasher also released a statement, saying how the university was trying to get in contact with her and her attorneys for a long time:

“The university’s victim advocates were at the plaintiff’s side within hours of the encounter and continued meeting with or contacting her or her representatives at least 30 times over the ensuing year. Besides offering emotional support and arranging numerous academic accommodations on her behalf, they informed the plaintiff and her attorney five times about the right to pursue a student disciplinary action. The first was in December 2012 — before the athletics department ever became aware of the allegation — and the last was in December 2013. Florida State University does not tolerate sexual violence in any form, regardless of who the alleged perpetrator might be.”

Winston was cleared last month of four FSU university code violations during a student conduct code hearing.

[Credit: ESPN]

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